The two children, Muhammad Muhsen al Najm and Fahd Eisa al Badran, aged 11 and 16 respectively, were killed on October 17, 2020, when a remnant left over from previous shelling of unknown origin exploded in al Kurda neighborhood in al Baghouz town in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate. We are unable to identify the type of munition up to the writing of this news. Such munitions will continue to constitute a real threat to people. SNHR has issued a number of reports on cluster munitions and the remnants of other weapons, in which we urged the provision of special equipment to help civilians in removing these explosive remnants.
SNHR has also documented the Syrian regime’s use of anti-personnel mines which will continue to constitute a grave threat to residents of these areas, particularly children, for many years to come. We have recorded hundreds of injuries caused by the explosion of remnants of cluster munitions, and the international community must intervene to protect civilians in Syria from these ongoing killing operations.